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Engineering Dean Named Among Nation’s Top Inventors

December 12, 2017 | Elizabeth Thiel Mather, In Charlottesville, Craig H. Benson is best known as an accomplished researcher and dean of the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science. Around the globe, he will go down in history as the engineer who developed a brilliant way to use natural processes to prevent landfills from leaking pollutants into groundwater. For this and many other innovations that have revolutionized his field of geoenvironmental engineering, Benson has been elected…

Arconic, Airbus to Advance 3D Printing for Aerospace under Multi-Year Cooperative Research Agreement

Arconic (NYSE: ARNC) today announced a multi-year cooperative research agreement with Airbus to advance metal 3D printing for aircraft manufacturing. Together, the companies will develop customized processes and parameters to produce and qualify large, structural 3D printed components, such as pylon spars and rib structures, up to approximately 1 meter (3 feet) in length. The deal combines Arconic’s expertise in metal additive manufacturing and metallurgy with Airbus’s design and qualification capabilities, building on its experience with regulatory agencies for certification.…

CCAM Hosts Additive Manufacturing Day

The Virginia Chamber - November 6, 2017 Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) – an innovation zone for cutting-edge advanced manufacturing research, development and commercialization – recently hosted leaders from industry, government and academia at an Additive Manufacturing Day event at their facility in Prince George County. Additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing, began as a prototyping technology. Today it has broad-reaching technological applications across industries. Over 100 event guests took part in presentations on additive manufacturing…

CCAM Welcomes Mogab Elleithy to the Adaptive Automation Team

On October 30, 2017 Mogab Elleithy joined the Adaptive Automation team at CCAM. His research activities will focus on computer programming. Mr. Elleithy recently graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics and Minors in Computer Science, Business, and Physics from Virginia Tech. When he’s not programming, he enjoys playing acoustic and electric guitar and solving puzzles.

CCAM Hosts First Annual Additive Manufacturing Day

CCAM Additive Day was a big success thanks to a great slate of speakers and panelists and active and engaged participants. Check out some of the photos below!

U.S. Representative from Virginia’s 4th district, Donald McEachin, visits CCAM

U.S. Representative from Virginia's 4th district, Donald McEachin, visits CCAM on Oct 18, 2017. CCAM was honored to host Congressman McEachin as he toured the CCAM facility. On the tour, McEachin saw the latest Robotic equipment from ABB and numerous other member machines in CCAM’s 16,00 square foot high-bay. Thus far in Congress, McEachin has been elected to serve as co-president of the Freshman class, appointed as Regional Whip, and serves as a member of the Leader’s Environmental Messaging Team.

ABB Robot Arrives at CCAM

CCAM just received shipment of its newest piece of equipment from ABB Robotics - an IRB 6650S. The robot will be utilized for research in automation and the intelligent factory.

Manufacturing Day 2017

CCAM hosted 40 students from Old Dominion University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia State University on October 6th for Manufacturing Day 2017. Students learned about the intern program at CCAM and asked great questions of our panel of current interns from VCU and VSU. Additive Manufacturing Engineer, Jeffrey Burdick, spoke on the topic, "Designing your Career." His interactive discussion included great suggestions for creating a compelling resume by being proactive about expanding knowledge and skills beyond the standard university course…

Dr. Mukund Kumar Joins CCAM

CCAM is pleased to welcome the newest member of our research staff, Dr. Mukund Kumar. Dr. Kumar joins the Adaptive Automation Group as a Researcher with a focus on process automation. For the last six years Dr. Kumar worked as a process engineer for semiconductor manufacturing at Intel. He has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and a B.E. in Production Engineering from PSG College of Technology in India. In his free time Dr. Kumar plays field…

Join us October 25th for CCAM Additive Manufacturing Research Day

The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) is hosting an Additive Manufacturing Research Day at their facility in Prince George County, Virginia on Wednesday, October 25th. The focus will be on metal printing. Invited speakers include industry, academic, and government experts: Dr. Chris Williams, Virginia Tech; Dr. Ola Harrysson, NC State; Dr. Brandon Lane, NIST; Mr. Andrew Snow, Sr. VP, EOS; and other industry representatives. A panel discussion will be held in the afternoon to discuss current opportunities and challenges.…

Join us at CCAM on Manufacturing Day!

This event is open to students who attend or have recently graduated from any of our Member Universities. RSVP to by Monday, October 2nd.

New Addition to the Additive Manufacturing Team

CCAM welcomed newest member of the Additive Manufacturing Team, Cameron Gygi, on September 11, 2017. Mr. Gygi joins the team as an Additive Manufacturing Engineer, with a focus on laser powder bed additive manufacturing processes. His past research focused on friction stir welding and additive manufacturing techniques for corrosion crack healing in nuclear reactors. Mr. Gygi received his M.S. in Manufacturing Systems and his B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Brigham Young University. He lived in Thailand and South…

CCAM Welcomes New Additions to the Adaptive Automation Team

On September 5, 2017 CCAM welcomed two new researchers to the Adaptive Automation team, Romain Simon and Dr. Robert Holgate. Mr. Simon’s research focus is on controls and digital integration. He has over tens years’ experience in industrial controls engineering in the power generation industry with GE Automation & Controls (formerly Alstom Power PAC). Mr. Simon has a B.S. in Automation & Electrical Engineering from the University of Strasbourg. In his free time, he enjoys woodworking and collecting classic…

Dr. Sydney G. Roberts Joins CCAM as Director of Strategic Partnerships

Dr. Sydney G. Roberts joined CCAM as Director of Strategic Partnerships on August 31, 2017. She is responsible for accelerating CCAM research initiatives by developing and leading strategic relationships with industry and university members, Federal partners, and other stakeholders to drive innovation in advanced manufacturing. Sydney has been working at the intersection of research and industry for over 20 years. Prior to joining CCAM, Dr. Roberts led a team of building science engineers and professionals in collaborative research and…

CCAM Welcomes Dr. Joshua Williams to the Surface Engineering Team

Dr. Joshua Williams joined the Surface Engineering team at CCAM on August 22, 2017. He will focus on investigating and implementing advanced process monitoring and control on multiple surface engineering technologies. Dr. Williams’ previous research was on high temperature solar cells capable of operating at high temperatures. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Arizona State University and his B.S. in Materials Science Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering.